Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

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The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO) rolling, five-year capital investment program. Each year, municipalities submit transportation construction projects to be considered by the MPO for funding with the region’s share of federal and state roadway dollars. Eligible projects include Complete Streets redesigns, bicycle and pedestrian connections, intersection improvements, highway reconstruction, transit modernization, first- and last-mile shuttles, partnerships with transportation network companies, and projects that connect elderly adults with transportation options. Typically, approximately $110 million is available for such projects in each year of the TIP. For a better understanding of the TIP process, please explore these pages:

The Current TIP: Federal Fiscal Years (FFYs) 2020–24 Developing the FFYs 2021–25 TIP Interactive Project Database Municipal TIP Contacts

Creating New TIP Criteria

The MPO’s Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) guides the TIP project selection process. To better reflect the vision and investments outlined in Destination 2040, the recently adopted LRTP, the MPO is now revising the criteria used to evaluate projects. The MPO plans to discuss updates to the criteria related to clean air and sustainable communities at the board meeting on February 6, 2020. This discussion will be followed by additional conversations throughout the spring on the MPO’s other goal areas, including safety, system preservation and modernization, capacity management and mobility, economic vitality, and equity.

Developing the FFYs 2021–25 TIP

On November 21, 2019, the MPO reviewed the draft Universe of Projects, which lists projects that may be considered for funding by the MPO in the FFYs 2021–25 TIP. Project scoring will begin in December and continue through January, with initial project scores presented to the MPO on February 6, 2020. To see the current schedule for FFYs 2021–25 TIP development, key upcoming MPO meetings, and relevant documents, visit the TIP Development Page.

FFYs 2020–24 TIP Amendment Two

Amendment Two documents the awarding of Federal Community Transit Grant Program funds and Mobility Assistance Program grants to organizations and public agencies that serve older adults and people with disabilities. Both programs are administered by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). For more information, refer to the simplified Amendment Two table.

The 21-day public comment period for TIP Amendment Two begins January 28, 2020, and extends until 5:00 PM on February 17, 2020. The MPO is expected to vote to approve Amendment Two on February 27, 2020. Questions and comments may be submitted to Matt Genova, TIP Manager, at, or 857.702.3702, or via our feedback form.

FFYs 2020–24 TIP (Current) 

On May 30, 2019, the MPO endorsed a TIP (pdf) (html) that allocates funding for FFYs 2020–24. For the complete list of regional- and state-prioritized projects, refer to the TIP tables. The FFYs 2020–24 TIP went into effect on October 1, 2019. Thank you to those who submitted comments and participated in the document’s development. To review a summary of the development of the FFYs 2020–24 TIP, visit the archived TIP development page.

Contents of the TIP:

  • Tables of projects programmed, by FFY [CURRENT] (pdf)
  • Tables of projects programmed, by FFY [as endorsed on 5/30/2019] (pdf)
  • Details about the projects
  • Summary of the process by which projects were evaluated
  • Universe of Projects from which the programmed projects were selected
  • Status of projects programmed in the previous FFY
  • Air quality conformity determination
Endorsed FFYs 2018−2022 TIP

Full Document (pdf) (html)

Executive Summary (pdf)


Amendment One

The MPO approved Amendment One to the FFYs 2020–24 TIP on December 5, 2019. Amendment One documents a cost increase of $14,737,322 for statewide bridge project #604952 (Lynn, Saugus—Bridge Replacement on Route 107 over the Saugus River) in FFYs 2020–24. Amendment One also details a $1,372,934 cost increase for one MPO-funded project in FFY 2020 (#608347—Beverly - Intersection Improvements at Three Locations). This cost increase is being funded with statewide safety funds remaining from the removal of project #608205 (Reading to Lynnfield—Guide and Traffic Sign Replacement on Interstate 95), which was instead funded in FFY 2019. For more information, refer to the simplified Amendment One table.

Federal Reporting

The Boston Region MPO, in coordination with MassDOT and public transit operators, is required to publish a complete list of obligated projects within 90 days after the close of the FFY. The list includes the approved amount of money programmed in the TIP, the total amount obligated, and the remaining balance for each project or program. The FFY 2019 Federal Obligation Report (pdf) lists the transportation projects from MassDOT, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (or MBTA), the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority and the Cape Ann Transportation Authority within the Boston Region MPO area on which federal funds were expended during FFY 2019 (October 1, 2018–September 30, 2019). Federal obligation reports from previous FFYs may be found in the TIP Archive (see the link below).

TIP Archive

Older TIP documents and the lists of projects that were advertised for construction in prior years are available in our archive.

For more information, please contact Matt Genova, TIP Manager, at 857.702.3702 (voice), 617.570.9193 (TTY), or (email).